Mental Health

  • Increased schizophrenia, affective disorder risks associated with infections

    on February 23rd, 2017
    FROM ACTA PSYCHIATRICA SCANDINAVICA Increased risks of schizophrenia and affective disorders were found to be associated with infections treated with anti-infective agents and with infections requiring hospitalization, a large-scale study shows. Researchers examined health records of all 1,015,447 i[...]
  • Well-child care: Steady growth in breadth and content

    on February 22nd, 2017
    Fifty years ago in 1967, the American Academy of Pediatrics published a “Suggested Schedule for Preventive Child Health Care.” It was, in essence, the first periodicity schedule for well-child visits. Described by AAP officials at the time as an “amalgamation of schedules used in various clini[...]
  • Adverse childhood experiences

    on February 22nd, 2017
    Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are the traumatic experiences in a person’s life occurring before the age of 18 years that the person remembers as an adult and that have consequences on a diverse set of outcomes. ACEs include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, mental illness of a [...]
  • Treating psychopathology in developmentally disabled tricky

    on February 21st, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS AT THE NPA PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY UPDATE LAS VEGAS – Individuals with intellectual disability experience behavioral and psychiatric illness at higher rates than the general population, according to Bryan H. King, MD. “Increasingly, these individuals are showing up in all of our clini[...]
  • Collaborative care aids seniors’ mild depression

    on February 21st, 2017
    FROM JAMA A collaborative care model significantly mitigated mild depression in adults aged 65 and older, compared with usual care in the short term, based on data from 705 patients. The findings were published online Feb. 21. “There is limited research about older people with mild depressive diso[...]
  • Hope on the horizon for novel antidepressants

    on February 21st, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM THE NPA PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY UPDATE LAS VEGAS – There remains a great unmet need for more effective and rapidly acting treatments for major depressive disorder, and research is revealing that both new and existing drugs may help, according to one expert. One argument for additio[...]
  • Medication for life

    on February 21st, 2017
    Some areas of psychiatry would benefit from more controversy. One of them is the prescription of antidepressants to young people dealing with romantic disappointments. I have seen many young men and women given an antidepressant for the very painful, but ordinary, romantic break-ups characteristic o[...]
  • Eating disorders in transgender youth

    on February 16th, 2017
    The field of transgender health is growing. What began as a lone German physician in 1918 defying the norms of treating gender identity as a disease now has burgeoned into a field that includes 1,079 PubMed articles,two medical guidelines1,2, and a multitude of books. As we learn more about the comp[...]
  • Not enough time? Time to rethink

    on February 16th, 2017
    Raising children is a lot like drinking out of a fire hose. Feeding, cleaning, dressing, transporting, teaching, entertaining, protecting, comforting, and managing one child is demanding, but is increased exponentially by multiple children, a spouse, and a job. In our dataset of more than 74,900 par[...]
  • Brodalumab approved for psoriasis with REMS required

    on February 16th, 2017
    The Food and Drug Administration has approved brodalumab, an interleukin-17 receptor A-antagonist, for treating adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, with a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) that addresses the “observed risk of suicidal ideation and behavior” in clinical [...]
  • Comorbid mental illness linked to worse surgical outcomes

    on February 14th, 2017
    AT THE ACADEMIC SURGICAL CONGRESS LAS VEGAS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – A comorbid mental illness may predispose surgical patients to poor outcomes, increasing the risk of postoperative complications, a prolonged length of stay, and – in some cases – even in-hospital mortality. The link between[...]
  • Outpatient visits for CNS polypharmacy rising among elderly

    on February 13th, 2017
    FROM JAMA INTERNAL MEDICINE The number of outpatient visits for CNS polypharmacy by adults aged 65 and older more than doubled between 2004 and 2013, especially among those who reside in rural areas, results from a large analysis of national data showed. “With each new revision of the Beers Criter[...]
  • Low-back pain: CBT, mindfulness benefits diminish over time

    on February 12th, 2017
    FROM JAMA For patients with chronic low-back pain, the benefits of cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction that were reported at 6 months and 1 year largely disappeared by 2-year follow-up, according to a Research Letter to the Editor published Feb 14 in JAMA. In a clinic[...]
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